Career Services April Update

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Career Services at Columbia College will now be offering online support Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm.  Career Services is there for you through these uncertain times if you want to chat about anything employment / career related.  Need to build your resume / cover letter or LinkedIn profile?  Want to learn more about virtual networking and interviews?  Feeling unsure about your career pathway? Send your Career Advisor, Linus Leow, an email at lleow@columbiacollege.ca if you want to chat!  I am available through Microsoft Teams and email.  

Looking to improve your resume during these uncertain times?  Here are some resume red flags to avoid:

  1. Task heavy content - A resume should not read like a job description.  Copying and pasting your job description adds ZERO value to the hiring manager.  Instead, try to focus on adding measurable results and achievements from work or volunteer experiences.  
  2. Looooong resumes - Try to keep the length of your resume between 1 to 2 pages.  Think quality over quantity.  
  3. References - Please keep your references on a seperate document.  There is no need to add your references on your resume.  
  4. Inconsistent format - Ensure that your resume has consistent formatting and fonts throughout the entire document.  You can't expect the employer to believe you are organized if you can't even organize your resume! 

As we are all experiencing an economic slowdown during these times, here are some useful articles and documents highlighting which industries are hiring at this moment:


Amid the jobs implosion, some companies are rapidly hiring
  • “Among those hiring are Walmart Canada, Amazon and Dollarama, along with some grocery and drug store chains, medical supply makers, some cleaning and security services and IT firms that enable remote work.”
List of Companies Hiring Accross Canada
  • This list is regularly updated and contains information of more than 100 companies hiring across the country.  Save it and check it often! 
Canadian Job Postings Decline as Impact of COVID-19 Spreads
  • Hospitality and tourism, aviation and food & beverage industries have taken the biggest hit during this pandemic.  Large number of employees in these industries have experienced lay-offs within the last month.  
How do you continue a job search during a pandemic? Here are 10 tips that may help.
  • It may be stressful due to the uncertain nature of our situation but here are some tips for your job search.

Are international students eligible for government supports?


Can you receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you are not a citizen or permanent resident?

Answer: To be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you must reside in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number.

Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the Benefit if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

Who is eligible for this benefit?

Answer: The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
When do applications open?

Answer: Application Portal opens on April 6th 2020

Where do I apply? 

Answer: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html